"I think that relative caregivers and the youth they are housing should be able to access all of the same trainings and resources that other foster or adoptive parents have. When I moved in with my aunt and uncle, everyone assumed I was happy and comfortable to be with my family. The reality was that I hardly knew them. At 14 years old I had only met them a handful of times and hadn't seen them at all in over 5 years. I would have liked them to go through a training to understand their role for me and understand the trauma I was still experiencing, instead of them telling me I should be grateful to be with them instead of a "random family"."
Family Voices United member shares thoughts on supporting relatives in navigating resources and services for the children they are raising.